Fringe, S5 Ep10 – Anomaly XB-6783746

Well, basically I feel like whatever I have to say about this episode will pale sadly in comparison to its genius. I’ve probably said it before, but this is how you do a several-season sci-fi show, folks. (Except, maybe you could have not put Michael Cerveris’ name in the opening credits, so that his appearance could have possibly been a surprise?)

Okay, a little detail that blew my mind first: Windmark and the Observers used a version of a machine Peter invented in season one to retrieve the sound vibrations recorded in Nina’s office’s glass windows, so they could hear what she said on the phone. I may have shrieked when I realized this.

Blair Brown was absolutely fantastic here. I'll miss her.

Blair Brown was absolutely fantastic here. I’ll miss her.

I loved how protective and sweet Peter and especially Olivia were with little Michael. I loved that Walter sometimes not getting it fit in smoothly with the worries Peter expressed to Nina about who his father would turn into. And I also appreciated signs that the Observers, for all their apparent nonchalance about these fugitives coming and going, are in fact still tracking them and have now had notable success in the process.

Unspoiled as I was for this episode, I didn’t expect the character death. But as soon as the Observers brought in Nina’s colleague, whom we saw help the team out earlier, I started to see it coming. I sure hoped I was wrong, though. Nina was extra-specially awesome this week. Her final scene opposite Windmark? Amazing. And I am not ashamed at all to admit that I cried when she put the gun to her temple, and kept crying through the team’s reactions to finding her dead.

Oh, and I must not fail to praise David Fury, this week’s writer, for including a moment of realistic grieving for Olivia and Peter when they see another “Resist” poster with Etta’s face on it. Etta needs to continue to be an integral part. (Although I’m disappointed that any lingering effects from Peter’s Observer tech seem to be gone now).

I like seeing him with a smile, but it's a bit jarring to see him with hair and eyebrows!

I like seeing him with a smile, but it’s a bit jarring to see him with hair and eyebrows!

I was not surprised in the slightest that Donald=September; however, that didn’t decrease my enjoyment of the reveal. It’s fascinating to remark that the thought transfer Michael did to inform Walter (and us) of this fact also gave this Walter some Blue timeline memories. I wonder if this will be specifically noted as part of the Plan. It’s also, of course, worth mentioning that we still don’t know for sure whether or not this means Michael=September=Donald. The little kid sure looks stunningly like Mr. Cerveris sometimes, and that’s not only because he’s bald and eyebrow-less.

Anyway, it all puts a different spin on S1-2’s refrain of “The boy is important,” which seemed so clearly to be only about Peter at that point. I gotta wonder just how much of this was actually planned from the beginning. If it does include any ret-con, it’s still far better than the continuity on almost any other show I’ve watched.

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